Half the Preak­ness field gets first shot at Jus­tify

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By David Gins­burg

BAL­TI­MORE » Half the par­tic­i­pants in the eight-horse Preak­ness field have yet to ex­pe­ri­ence the sen­sa­tion of chasing Jus­tify to the fin­ish line.

Per­haps one of the new shoot­ers in Satur­day’s race can find a way to leave the Ken­tucky Derby win­ner in his wake.

Quip, Sport­ing Chance, Di­a­mond King and Ten­fold skipped the Derby to fo­cus on earn­ing a chunk of the $1.5 mil­lion Preak­ness purse.

His­tory just might be on their side.

A new shooter — a horse which runs in one of the two re­main­ing Triple Crown races af­ter pass­ing up the Derby — has won the Preak­ness four times since 2000. Just last year, Cloud Com­put­ing paid $13.40 in an up­set over Derby win­ner Al­ways Dream­ing. Then again... “Derby run­ners have done well over the course of time,” in­sisted W. El­liott Walden, pres­i­dent and CEO of rac­ing op­er­a­tions for Win­Star Farm, which owns Jus­tify and Quip. “Now is it be­cause they’re the bet­ter horses? Quite pos­si­bly that’s the case. They’re just the best horses of the crop and that’s why they run in the Ken­tucky Derby.”

The finest of the new­com­ers this year ap­pears to be Quip, who has three wins and a sec­ond-place show­ing in five ca­reer races.

“He’s a re­ally good horse. He’s fast,” Jus­tify trainer Bob Baf­fert said of Quip.

Trained by Rodolphe Bris­set and rid­den by last year’s Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic win­ner Florent Ger­oux, Quip cap­tured the

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